Kampala City Tycoon Godfrey Kato Kajubi who is facing murder charges before the High Court in Masaka, has listed his defense witnesses.
By Dismus Buregyeya
The Kampala City Tycoon Godfrey Kato Kajubi who is facing murder charges before the High Court in Masaka, has listed the former Masaka Chief Magistrate, David Batema and a Police detective Sgt. Joseph Migadde as his defense witnesses.
Migadde was among the police officer by then attached to Masaka Central Police Station CID department who investigated the case while Batema committed Kajubi to the High Court.
The case is under a retrial after the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) challenged the High Court decision to acquit Kajubi.
High Court in Masaka Presided over by Justice Moses Mukiibi dismissed the case during the trial saying that it was not necessary for Kajubi to defend himself on grounds that the prosecution evidence they presented before court against him was weak.
Kajubi is being tried for allegedly sponsoring the ritual murder of a 12 year old Joseph Kasirye a pupil of Kayugi Primary School in Mukungwe sub-county in Masaka district on October 27, 2008.
High Court presided over by Justice Mike Chibita on Monday issued witness summons for Batema who is currently working as the deputy High Court registrar Jinja and Sgt Migadde who is attached to Kalungu Police Station.
Hearing of the defense witnesses has been scheduled for Wednesday after Kajubi hired another lawyer identified as Ausi Tumwijukye. Initially Kajubi dropped MacDusman Kabega a renowned criminal lawyer in Kampala and replaced him with a Masaka based lawyer Fred Kamugunda.
Kamugunda said that on short notice his client, Kajubi told him that he had also hired Twumwijukye on Friday.
“I pray for an adjournment to allow brief my colleague, Tumwijukye about the case before we resume on Wednesday,” he said.
The prosecution led by the Senior State Attorney, Susan Okalany who completed the hearing of the prosecution witnesses, did not object to the adjournment plea.
Kajubi’s co- accused Mariam Nabukeera and Umar Kateregga were turned into prosecution witnesses to pin Kajubi.
Kato Kajubi presents defense witnesses